Knit Nation 2011: A summer knitting and spinning extravanganza!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about Knit Nation including classes, tickets, Saturday night party, venue facilities and location.

Friday 15, Saturday 16, and Sunday 17 July 2011.  The Marketplace is open on Saturday and Sunday. There is a special preview opening with limited tickets on Friday night.
Knit Nation takes place at Imperial College in South Kensington, London.  All attendees should first go to the Knit Nation registration desk located on the ground floor of Sherfield Building to check-in and pick up their class location info, souvenirs, and tickets.
The registration desk is open from 8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and closes at 7pm on Friday, 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.  Students should ensure they check-in early enough to arrive at their first class in good time.  Our Knit Nation crew were really quick at getting everyone checked in last year, but please do allow for 15-20 minutes to be safe.  Please try to avoid picking up your souvenirs just before classes at the start of the day so you avoid the rush.
The closest entrance to Sherfield Building is the Queen's Gate entrance just off Queensgate.  Sherfield Building is right next to the library behind the Queen's Lawn off Imperial College Road.  You can download a map of the campus here.

What classes are available?

Click here for the full schedule, and here for the short schedule.
Classes are either half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours), with the exception of Sock Survival on Saturday, which is a 1-hour clinic.  
Half-day classes are £50 and full-day classes are £100, both of which include access to the Marketplace and the Friday night preview.  The one hour clinic is £15 and does not include access to the Marketplace nor the preview.

Where do I find details of homework/materials fees/supply list for my classes?
Click on the 'Classes and Teachers' tab, scroll down to the class schedule.  Then click on the 'details' link for information on materials fees, homework, and what supplies to bring to class.  All this information is also accessible via your registration confirmation email and reminder email listing your classes - click on the 'details' link for the information.
When & where do classes take place?
Classes take place in:
morning sessions from 9.00 to 12.00
afternoon sessions from 13.45 to 16.45 on Friday, and from 14.00 to 17.00 on Saturday and Sunday

Classroom information will be given to students on check-in.

How many students are there per class?
Most classes are capped at 20 knitters per class. There are some exceptions to this – for example, Franklin Habit’s photography class is limited to 15, and a few classes may go up to 25 depending on the nature of the content and the teacher.
Is there a waitlist for sold out classes?
Yes.  If a class is sold out you will have the option of adding your name to a waitlist. The waitlist is operated on a first come first served basis.  You must not have any conflicting classes with a class you wish to be waitlisted for; if you do, you will be taken off the waitlist.   When a spot comes free, we will email you to let you know.
How much do Marketplace tickets cost?

The Marketplace is ticketed. Saturday or Sunday Marketplace tickets cost £10; you can also purchase on the day for £12.  This includes access to the Knit-Tea Salon and complimentary shopping and wheel storage.  Accompanied children under 12 are free.
The Friday night special opening has a limited number of advance purchase tickets available at £16.  Based on last year, these sold out quite quickly and there were no tickets available for purchase on the day.
If you are taking a class at Knit Nation, the class registration fees include access to the Marketplace on Saturday, Sunday and the Friday night preview.   Sock Survival is not considered a class for these purposes, but a one hour surgery.  As such, entry to the Marketplace is not included in the fee for Sock Survival.

When is the Marketplace open?
The Marketplace hours are:
Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00
Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00
There is a special Marketplace preview with limited tickets (see above) from 17.00 to 19.00 on Friday.

Can I get 'cartjacked'?
Your registration session has a time limit of 10 minutes per registration page.  During this time, items placed in your cart will remain there and cannot be cartjacked (ie taken by someone else).  If the time-out period is reached, the system will cancel your registration session and remove all items from your cart.

Can I register for someone other than myself?
Every person must have their own registration. However, you may create a registration for someone else if you have all of their contact information (email, address, contact phone number), any relevant information such as any mobility impairment we need to know about for emergency evacuation purposes AND you are paying on their behalf.  

It is very important that you do not include other people in your own registration (ie choose classes/tickets under your name which are then allocated to someone else) as you will be charged a £15 change fee to move the class/tickets to another person's name.

Can I buy classes first then come back later to buy tickets (or vice versa)?
Yes.  Click on the 'Register Now' button when you return, and enter your email address.  You will be given the option to manage your original registration record, or begin a new registration record using the same email address.  To sign up for more classes, or to buy more tickets, choose 'Begin a New Registration with This Email'.  You will need to choose a new password for each new registration.
What if I change my mind or can’t come? Can I get a refund?

A £15 fee will apply to each class that is cancelled or changed. There are no refunds or changes after 1 June 2011, except that individual class fees (less the cancellation fee) may be refunded where your place is filled from a wait list for that class before 15 July 2011.
What's the Knit-Tea Salon?
The Knit-Tea Salon is a dedicated space with with tables, chairs and armcharis for Knit Nationites. There is a small cafe where you can purchase refreshments and snacks.  Admission is by Marketplace ticket or Knit Nation student badge only.  The Knit-Tea Salon is open 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Also in the Knit-tea Salon is Ysolda's 'parlour' where you can peruse Ysolda's books and patterns, as well as samples in many sizes to try on from Little Red in the City, and Whimsical Little Knits 1 & 2. Ysolda's photo booth will be returning in 2011 for more madcap photo capers too - be sure to get a souvenir photo with your friends!

You can enjoy afternoon tea with scones, jam and tea in the Knit-Tea Salon on Saturday and Sunday.  The afternoon tea is only available by pre-order. Tickets are available on our registration website.  Pick up your token at the registration desk and hand it in at the Knit-tea Salon for afternoon tea anytime between 11 and 4pm on the chosen day.
What's the Charity Bingo Party?
Jess & Casey will be busy at home with their new baby, so no official Ravelry party this year; instead we are holding a charity bingo party on the Saturday night sponsored by The Knitter magazine and Anne Hanson in support of the domestic abuse charity Refuge

Tickets are £20 and include a glass of wine/bottle of beer, some nibbles, a bingo booklet and dabber pen, and the opportunity to win fabulous prizes donated by wonderful knitting and spinning businesses, including a a Bohus pullover kit for Forest Darkness black from Solveig Gustafsson and an Knitspot shawl, knit by Anne Hanson herself!! 

Additional bingo booklets are available to purchase on the night for £5 a booklet. Profits from the evening will be donated to Refuge.

How do I get to Imperial College?
Knit Nation is held at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus (London SW7 2AZ) in west London. You can find maps of the campus and surrounding areas here.
The closest station on the London Underground is South Kensington, serviced by the Piccadilly (dark blue), District (green) and Circle (yellow) tube lines. If you have large or heavy luggage it may be easier to use Gloucester Road tube station as it is serviced by lifts/elevators. It is also within walking distance of Imperial College and on the Piccadilly and District lines.
Both South Kensington and Gloucester Road stations are on the direct tube line from Heathrow airport (Piccadilly), so you may find it easier (and cheaper) to get there using the tube than the Heathrow Express train.
If you arrive at Gatwick airport, you can take the Southern train service or Gatwick Express to Victoria Station and take the District or Circle line tube to either South Kensington or Gloucester Road.
Transport for London has a journey planner as well as maps and prices of transport in London. If you are planning to travel around London, it’s best to get an Oyster Card, which you can top-up with credit and then swipe on a machine before you get on the tube or bus. It makes travel a lot cheaper than paying cash fares.

The closest entrance to Knit Nation is Queen's Gate entrance, just off Queensgate.  The front desk for Knit Nation is at Sherfield Building, next to the Library and just behind the Queen's Lawn on Imperial College Road.
What catering facilities are available?
There are a couple of cafés right by Knit Nation at Imperial College which are open to the public on Friday.
On Saturday & Sunday the Knit-Tea Salon is open from 11am to 5pm for Knit Nation students and Marketplace attendees.  
There are numerous cafes and sandwich shops around Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube, including but not limited to Starbucks, Pain Quotidienne, Eat, Carluccio's, Paul's, Cafe Nero, Snog, and many more.
Is there a cloakroom where I can leave my bag or wheel during the day or overnight?

Yes.  The cloakroom/wheel & shopping storage area is near the classrooms and is complimentary for Knit Nation attendees with Marketplace tickets, student badges, and party tickets. Items may be left overnight; however as we are reliant on third parties for security the items you leave in our storage area are left at your own risk.
Is there parking?
There is metered on-street parking and a number of car parks in the area. Please check the Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough of London website for on-street parking restrictions.


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